Monday, 21 October 2013

RFK Funeral Train by Paul Fusco

RFK Funeral Train
Paul Fusco

"Some men see things as they are and say why?
I dream things that never were and say why not?"
Robert F. Kennedy


On the 8th of June 1968 a sleek dark locomotive passed slowly across the north of America. What was normally a four hour journey took twice as long because one of the carriages was carrying the precious remains of Robert F. Kennedy. The Senator had been assassinated just two days earlier while on a promising presidential election campaign in Los Angeles. The funeral took place in New York and it was decided that his body should be transported to Washington for burial by train so that the grieving public had the opportunity to say one last good bye to the man they had put so much hope in. The photographer Paul Fusco was assigned to document the journey with his camera. He managed to capture a nation in mourning, showing how the Senator had touched the hearts of so many individuals.